What do we do when we don’t know what to do? When a big decision is looming, how do we work through it? There are some good things to remember, and a few we should forget, when we are making tough decisions.
1. Forget the Fear. We cannot allow fear to paralyze the decision-making process. 2 Timothy 1:7 tells us, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Fear cannot keep us from the power and the mind God has given us to rise to the challenge and make the decision.
2. Remember the List. No, not the To-Do List, or the Procrastinate List–God’s List of things we need to do. For example, 1 Thessalonians 3 gives a list of thirteen things we are to be doing as believers. Things such as: respect leadership, admonish the idle, encourage the faint-hearted, rejoice always, seek good, test everything. If we keep doing what we know we are to do, the decisions get easier because they have to fall in line with what we already know is true.
3. Remember the Source; Forget the Doubt. James 1 tells us if we are lacking in wisdom, we can ask God. It doesn’t mean He will write the answer in the clouds or yell it across the universe. What does happen is His sweet Spirit communes with our hearts and gives us the peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4). He gives us direction and He gives us patience in the waiting.
4. Remember the Praise. There are so many times God has come through for us in so many different decisions. Remember to praise Him for the things He has shown us in the past, and to keep moving forward in praise because He will do it again with the decision of the moment. His timing is not ours, but He is also never late.
If you are facing a decision with indecision–forget and remember. Prayer, praise and obedience will get us through to the answer He has for us. Go looking for it, in the right places, today.
Father, thank You that times of waiting are good for us and fear has no place in our decisions. Help us remember to pray, praise and obey, knowing You are leading to the next step of faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen.